E-Books Face Day of Reckoning
“Recent announcements regarding electronic books have breathed fresh life into a seemingly moribund market. But some experts say e-books need to do more than move ink onto digital displays to go mainstream.
“Sony announced on Monday that its Sony Reader will be sold at Borders bookstores for between $300 and $400 and texts will be available for download from the Sony Connect online store this summer.
“But despite their promise, experts warn that electronic books won’t make a mainstream splash until more titles are available, prices drop and they do more than just replace ink and paper with a digital display.
“The news raises a question: Is there suddenly a market for what so far has been a novelty act?”
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